Connie's Green Grocery stocks its shelves with organic fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, and locally raised meats free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Apples, bananas, plums, kale, carrots, beets, and yams have all been reported to thrive here, as have bison burgers and pork chops with sensational stories to tell. One of the ways the shop distributes these wares is by sending parcels of healthy produce to the doorsteps of customers. Each box adds a welcome note of surprise and mystery to family dinners by unveiling an ever-changing array of greens, fruit, and veggies in different combinations every week. Specialty all-fruit or all-veggie packages are available for those who love one but not the other.
Already dedicated to the environment, Connie's Green Grocery plans to further its commitment with an upcoming aquaponic farm. This sustainable approach to food production, which allows for the cultivation of plant life alongside fish, uses less than 2% of the water a conventional farm would require.
Plato's Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from popular brands. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 00–19/20 for girls and waist size 28–40 for guys.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Bauer, Easton, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and hockey to golf and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including treadmills—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
For 38 years, Mexico Road Florist’s friendly staff members have paired clients with fresh, colorful bouquets to celebrate holidays, special occasions, and everyday life. Skilled arrangers gather long-stemmed roses, daisies, and frothy baby's breath into eye-dazzling corsages, centerpieces, and bouquets that validate the store’s status as a David's Bridal’s exclusive florist. In addition to flowers, Mexico Road offers baby accessories and support groups for bees who, after seeing the store's blooms, feel their careers have peaked.
Those who live in glasses houses shouldn't throw stones, but they are allowed to add to the transparent beauty within their homes. Backed by 30 years of experience, Floyd Glass & Window's team of glass experts customize and install everything from car windshields and shower enclosures to glass tabletops and wall mirrors for dance studios. They craft elaborate glass walls with partitions to allow the free-flow of light throughout interiors, and furnish homes with windows from manufacturers such as Andersen and Sunrise. The team can even take the home's current door and transform it with intricate glasswork. Technicians also darken car windows with tinting and perform detailing treatments that scour auto interiors to clean up after the dashboard hula girl's luaus that leave lei petals everywhere. Floyd Glass & Window even has a mustached mascot named Floyd, a dancer himself, who's so passionate about the company's work that he has his own bio on the website.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.